The Book

Drown, by Junot Díaz

590aab6078928c9291fb7cfeb8d66262JP Reads is thrilled to announce Drown, the debut collection of short stories from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, as this year’s book choice. The stories in Drown focus on the teenage narrator’s youth in the Dominican Republic and his new life in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

Bringing this acclaimed Dominican/American author to Jamaica Plain will inspire a month of public programming addressing the themes of immigration, racial identity, coming-of-age, Dominican and Caribbean culture, and the art of short story writing.

You can find Drown at our JP bookseller, Tres Gatos, and 160 copies will be available by midsummer at local JP branch libraries.


“Junot Díaz’s stories are as vibrant, tough, unexotic, and beautiful as their settings – Santo Domingo, Dominican Neuva York, the immigrant neighborhoods of industrial New Jersey with their gorgeously polluted skyscapes. Places and voices new to our literature yet classically American: coming-of-age stories full of wild humor, intelligence, rage, and piercing tenderness.”
—Francisco Goldman

“Graceful and raw and painful and smart … The pages turn and all of a sudden you’re done and you want more.”
Boston Globe

“Spare, tense, powerful…searing snapshots from the rocky, dangerous road that leads his characters to adulthood…His stories are so engaging, so compulsively readable, that we have to make ourselves pause to admire his sly lyricism, nervy assurance, and calm command of his craft.”
Francine Prose, Elle
“Díaz deserves to be singled out for the distinctiveness and caliber of his voice, and for his ability to sum up a range of cultural and cross-cultural experiences in a few sharp images…”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Get to know Junot Díaz

junotJunot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed DrownThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award.  A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Link to Junot Díaz website here.

Link to NYT 1996 Drown book review here.

Link to “Junot Díaz, A Life in Books,” 2012 Guardian UK article here.

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